Dinner at Kushi is one of the most delicious Japanese meals I’ve had in awhile. Special shout out goes to their mini rice bowl with salmon sashimi and roe — the fish glimmers with freshness and melts in your mouth like really fresh sashimi should; those little orange-red pearls of salmon roe burst when chewed, spreading delightfully rich and savoury goodness across the tastebuds. If heaven exists, I would hope I’ll be served this little bowl of gargantuan deliciousness thrice a week.
Kushi’s claim to fame in the District is their izakaya, a type of Japanese bar that serves food in small plates. Appetizers, sashimi, sushi are some of the typical offerings, but the grilled and skewered meats stand out as a specialty since izakaya restaurants are less common around here. And Kushi didn’t disappoint. Duck breast skewer was a hit at the table, and the grilled hanger steak we ordered — perfectly seared medium rare meat so juicy and tasty, we enjoyed every single bite.
Not ready for the meal to end, I went out on a whim and suggested dessert. We chose an off-the-menu special — the name escapes me — but it was like a soy milk panna cotta topped with a matcha (green tea) cream. The soy “panna cotta” was so light and delicately sweet, complemented by the matcha cream — my friend and I inhaled this in under two minutes and actually had a mini fight over the final spoonfuls!
Oh, I can’t wait to go back and try other items!
465 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Hours: Thursday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30–10:00 pm
Update: Sadly this place has gone out of business. They were DC legends while they lasted.